Casey Selzer (Founder and Primary Educator) is a graduate of Columbia University's Nurse-Midwifery Program and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (CNM, RN, MSN, BSN and LCCE). After undergraduate studies in studio art and work on organic farms in California and Vermont, Casey found her life’s path in women’s health when she was trained through a Community Health Initiative in Massachusetts providing Birth and Postpartum Doula care for low income families in 2002.
Casey provided full scope midwifery care to women and families in both public and private health care settings across NYC for over a decade. In May 2017, Casey was elected Co-Chair of the NYC Midwives Chapter (an affiliate of NYSALM) and is honored to be serving a two year tenure, deepening her grasp of the birth landscape of NYC and building bridges with perinatal practitioners and allied health professionals across the city.
Sharing in this transformational process with families is both a privilege and a joy.
Casey brings to her teaching 16 years of diverse clinical experience having attended over 600+ births and the personal adventure of birthing 3 daughters, a big sister and identical twins. She lives, works and parents in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Leigh Kader (Fourth Trimester Educator) was propelled by the birth of her first child in 2008 to explore a career change. Leigh is a certified cooperative childbirth educator with the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and a certified birth doula with the Doulas of North America. Leigh knows firsthand the benefits of a comprehensive childbirth education as well as the presence of continuous emotional and physical support during childbirth.
Experienced at supporting laboring women in a variety of birthing facilities from hospital and birthing center to home births, Leigh appreciates that childbirth is an intensely personal experience that each family defines differently. Her goal is to help women and their partners attain as positive a birth experience as possible. Leigh lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children and enjoys jogging in Prospect Park and catching up on 10 year old television shows.
Melina Gac Levin, M.S.Ed.(All About Baby Educator) is an infant and toddler development specialist with over a decade of experience working with families. Her passion lies in supporting young children and their families to find joy and comfort in themselves, each other and their community. She is enjoying experiencing things firsthand as the mother to an active and curious toddler.
Melina holds a dual Masters in Infant, Toddler and Family Development and Early Childhood General & Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. She taught preschool for six years, most recently as a lead teacher in a two's classroom at The Family Center at Brooklyn Friends School, where she also served as an Admissions Associate. She is certified to teach children's yoga through Asana Alphabet, and trained in infant massage through Loving Touch International. She has presented multiple workshops at Bank Street’s Infancy Institute and at the NYSAIS Diversity and Equity in Curriculum Conference. She is an adjunct faculty member at Bank Street, where she currently teaches World of the Infant to graduate students.
She is committed to creating a welcoming space for everyone she works with, and to learning alongside them.